This offseason hasn't been fun for Red Sox fans. Gordon, Indians second baseman Cesar Hernandez, White and Wong earned $18,519 bonuses, prorated portions of $50,000. All of these elements, they're Betts' array of talent dictating what baseball can be. To win a World Series, it takes more than conventional wisdom or whatever passes for that today. Very angry. Either way, internal optimism about a bottom-of-the-roster infielder does little to mitigate the disappointment of needing to deal Betts. That's why they won 43 of 60 regular-season games. Arenado won his eighth consecutive Gold Glove at third base, matching all eight seasons he has played in the majors. That lead expanded to 6-1 by the end of the fifth. “Unbelievable play by an unbelievable player in a big moment,” teammate Corey Seager said after that game. When it came to an extension, Betts wasn't going to accept less than what he was worth on the open market, and Boston didn't feel comfortable making the financial commitment necessary to prevent him from hitting free agency. After all, any extra money players don't receive still ends up in the pockets of billionaire owners. Already Kevin Cash, their manager, did the exact opposite of what one would have thought with Glasnow. After Mookie Betts made spectacular play after spectacular play in the postseason — including two home run robberies and a key catch of a sinking liner in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series — it should come as no surprise that Betts is the National League Gold Glove winner for right field. Betts' intent to test free agency after the coming season made that difficult. See ya later Mookie. What it giveth in Game 1 it might taketh away in Game 2. But if you ask some corners of Red Sox fandom, Betts did not enthusiastically sign an extension with the Red Sox because some fans believe he didn't enjoy playing in Boston. Based on total zone fielding runs, an estimated defensive measurement that goes back to 1953, Gordon trails only Barry Bonds and Carl Yastrzemski in career runs saved. He plays long ball. Five players to watch in the KBO playoffs, Which World Series is the best ever? In the middle of it all is Betts, elemental. Based on total zone fielding runs, an estimated defensive measurement that goes back to 1953, Gordon trails only Barry Bonds and Carl Yastrzemski in career runs saved. He signed a 12-year, $365 million extension with the Dodgers this year. In his first season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Betts claimed his fifth … It's definitely something I want to be a part of. Five players to watch in the KBO playoffs, Which World Series is the best ever? There is an art to baserunning -- to rounding bases properly, to leading off a base, to understanding scenarios as they unfold. • Oddest World Series ends with most 2020 moment Combining the potential payroll commitments with the luxury tax penalties and lost revenue sharing rebates, Boston could have been looking at spending close to $100 million more over the next three seasons, in addition to facing greater draft pick and international bonus pool money penalties. Philadelphia Phillies infielder Alec Bohm, Padres infielder Jake Cronenworth and Milwaukee Brewers reliever Devin Williams are the top finishers for the NL rookie award. The one-dimensionality of the game in 2020 does not translate in Betts' world. But over the past few weeks, trade negotiations heated up. From Betts' wheels to the quick-hook Rays leaving starter Tyler Glasnow in to throw 112 pitches despite his ineffectiveness, it was throwback day. Though Betts did enjoy playing in Boston, his priority wasn't to remain with the Red Sox for life -- it was, and continues to be, maximizing his value in a sport without a hard salary cap. Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday was the Mookie Betts show. In a World Series, in which every out is precious, the prospect of losing even one petrifies managers, so, by and large, they don't run. Gordon finishes his career as one of the greatest defensive left fielders of all time. Gordon, who announced his retirement in September, becomes the sixth player to win a Gold Glove in his final season, joining pitchers Greg Maddux, Mike Mussina and Bobby Shantz, outfielder Roberto Clemente and first baseman Wes Parker. The team's two biggest free-agent signings: utility man Jose Peraza (-0.9 WAR in 2019 with Cincinnati) and starter Martin Perez (5.49 ERA over the past two seasons with Minnesota and Texas). Miami also lost 105 games last year. "He does things on a baseball field that not many people can do, and he does it very consistently, which I think separates him from other guys.". "This is kind of the perfect retirement present to get walking out," Gordon said on ESPN, adding that winning eight Gold Gloves is something he couldn't have anticipated but that he feels "very fortunate that it happened.". Clayton Kershaw earned a Best Supporting Actor statuette, and sundry other Dodgers earned their scale, but Betts… The Cardinals did not pick up Wong's $12.5 million team option for 2021, so he takes his Gold Glove into free agency. We rank all 116 Fall Classics, Jeff Passan's MLB offseason preview: Answering 20 uniquely 2020 hot stove questions. Betts was tied for third among all players with 11 defensive runs saved, tied with Byron Buxton and trailing only Nolan Arenado's 15 and Joey Gallo's 12. 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